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The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural

McKissack, Patricia

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ISBN 10: 0679818634 / ISBN 13: 9780679818632
Published by Knopf, New York, 1992
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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New York: Knopf. 1992. First Edition, Second Printing. H Hardcover. Fine. Signed and inscribed by the author on front endpaper: "For Genet - Enjoy a good scarce! Patricia McKissack. Also signed by her husband Frederick (who co-authored several major works with her). Jacket includes stiockers for both Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Awards (stickers have wear to edges). This is the First Edition, Second Printing. Signed: I Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 00514236

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Title: The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the ...

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: H Hardcover

Illustrator: Brian Pinkney

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: J Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, Second Printing.

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Illus. in black-and-white. With an extraordinary gift for suspense, McKissack brings us ten original spine-tingling tales inspired by African-American history and the mystery of that eerie half-hour before nightfall--the dark thirty.


These 10 spine-tinglers range from straight-up ghost stories to eerie narratives. The tales in this winner of the 1993 Coretta Scott King Award depict racism, haunting and vengeance in a manner that can be read out loud around a campfire or savored privately, offering middle readers (fourth through eighth graders) thoughtful exposure to important, though frightening, historical themes. One tale, set in the segregated South of the 1940s, tells of a black man's ghost avenging his murder by a white klansman. McKissack's prose is smooth and understated, and its sense of foreboding is powerfully enhanced by Brian Pinkney's black-and-white scratch board illustrations.

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